Tammy Zaretsky-Denischuk & Swan Valley Communities that Care receive TJ’s Gifts recognition: for empowering and supporting young people to be drug free
On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Tammy Zaretsky-Denischuk & Swan Valley Communities that Care Coordinator Bev Polon and Board Member Donna-Jean Slack accept TJ’s Gifts Foundation Awards of Recognition at the annual TJ’s Gifts Gala in Winnipeg, MB. The TJ’s Gift Champion Awards are given out annually to individuals and organizations that work with kids helping them to be safe and to make safe choice to avoid drug involvement.
Deborah Burnside, Student Services Coordinator of Swan Valley School Division nominated Tammy for an individual award and Swan Valley Communities that Care for a group award. Both nominations were successful as worthy of the TJ’s Gifts Foundation Awards.
TJ’s Gifts Foundation was created after the murder of TJ Wiebe by people in the drug world. Karen Wiebe, TJ’s mother heads the foundation to spread the message to youth to remain drug free. The foundation recognizes those who work to deliver that message to youth. More info. is available at www.tjsgift.com
Tammy Zaretsky-Denischuk’s nomination included:
Teacher at the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School. Used to work as a Youth AFM Counsellor. Continues to lead the TADD group at the high school. They host activities and displays for students. She arranges for students to draw and write messages on Liquor Store brown bags during Addictions Week each year. Tammy refers students to AFM for drug and alcohol addictions.
Swan Valley Communities that Care nomination included:
Swan Valley Communities that Care is a community volunteer group. They are supported through Healthy Child MB, and employ a Coordinator, but the individuals who make up the executive and committee are volunteers. SVSD students were surveyed to determine risk factors in order to run programs. One of the programs is Triple P Parenting and Guiding Good Choices for parents. Another program is the Botvin Life Skills Training which is currently offered to all the Gr. 6 students in the school Division. It is delivered by committee members at the schools. One of the topics is about Drugs. There are 10 weeks of programming. Alcohol and Smoking are also included in the lessons. RCMP are partners in addressing these topics. 185 students have learned about the effects of Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking, this school year. The plan is to expand into Gr. 7 next year and Gr. 8 the following year.
SVCTC also organizes events in the community to promote positive development of children & youth. They have hosted many speakers, organized a Spooktoberfest of Halloween activities for families, and each year they collect Toys 4 U and deliver them to families for children at Christmas time.